Hall of fame opening to public Tuesday
The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the New Waterford and District Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Ron MacDonald, committee member, said a ceremony will be taking place Tuesday, July 21, in the Gillis-Watts room on the second floor of the New Waterford and District Community Centre. “The sports heritage hall of fame is now located inside the Gillis-Watts room.” There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring former Canadian lightweight champion Les Gillis and Marshall Desveaux. “People will be able to come in and look around at the memorabilia.” The first induction to the hall of fame took place three years ago but there wasn’t a venue to exhibit memorabilia. However MacDonald said they ended up getting a $ 50,000 grant from the province of Nova Scotia and $20,000 from the former Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation to renovate a room in the New Waterford and District Community Centre. Renovations were completed last fall. Display cases were recently installed. “This is the third year since inductions began. All previous awards are being displayed.” In the meantime, MacDonald said the committee is reaching out to the public for sports memorabilia, which may be of interest from past generations. “If you have any which you think may be of interest, we’d like to give you the opportunity to have them displayed in a secured area.” Memorabilia could range from photos, newspaper clipping, hockey gear, boxing gloves, and so on. MacDonald said people can display things temporarily or permanently. “Les Gillis is planning on displaying the gloves he used in the Lawrence Hafey fight.” Anyone wishing more information is asked to telephone Ron MacDonald at 902-8622988.